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Cedar Rapids building evacuated due to substance thought to be sugar


Nearly 30 Cedar Rapids Code Enforcement employees were evacuated from the Public Works Building on Wednesday after a white powdery substance was found in an envelope.

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department's Hazardous Materials team was called to the building at 1201 6th Street SW at 11:12 a.m.

Public Information Officer Greg Buelow says when a Code Enforcement Division employee opened a letter, a white dust plume came from the envelope.

HazMat crews retrieved the letter and tested the substance on-scene.  They say two prominent components of the powder were identified with a high degree of probability as glycogen and rice cereal, indicative of sugar.

The samples will be sent to the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa for confirmation.

Employees were able to return to work at approximately 12:20 p.m. and there were no injuries reported.

Buelow says there is no indication that the letter was sent with malicious intent.

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